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Happy Hour Plus: Sharpen your Lean Thinking with Mindfulness

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Hatch Innovation

2420 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR 97232

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Lean Portland is proud to present Michael Orzen for a 20-30 minute talk at our December Happy Hour to sharpen our Lean thinking with mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to focus one’s awareness on the present moment. Mindfulness impacts lean skills and capabilities perhaps more effectively than any other technique. This is especially true for structured problem solving and deep reflection – two essential elements of lean thinking. Experience how to apply mindfulness to become a deeper lean thinker!

5:00-6:00 - drinks, snacks, networking

6:00-6:30 - Michael Orzen: Sharpen Your Lean Thinking with Mindfulness

6:30-7:00 - mingle, discuss, question, etc.

If you are a lean practitioner, there is a skill which can significantly boost your effectiveness. It can be learned with practice and is accessible to anyone who is willing to apply themselves. Mindfulness is the ability to focus one’s awareness on the present moment. It is not about getting somewhere—but about being fully where you currently are and grasping the impact of your thoughts, words, actions and awareness right now, in this moment. All activities benefit from heightened levels of awareness, focus and concentration. Mindfulness impacts lean skills and capabilities perhaps more effectively than any other technique. This is especially true for structured problem solving and deep reflection – two essential elements of lean thinking. Experience how to apply mindfulness to become a deeper lean thinker!

Considered a pioneer of Lean and technology, Michael is coauthor of the award-winning book Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Enterprise and the follow up The Lean IT Field Guide. Often referred to as “The Father of Lean IT,” Michael is recognized internationally as a thought leader in Lean, Lean IT and DevOps. He has personally led numerous CI/Lean transformations in many organizations, having trained and coached over 50 organizations in Lean IT, DevOps and Operational Excellence.

Michael is faculty member and advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute and a Fellow and adjunct professor with The Shingo Institute and The Ohio State University. He is an advisor and certified instructor with the Lean IT Association and DevOps Institute and a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor! Michael is founder and president of Mike Orzen & Associates, which emphasizes respectfully engaging people, improving business process capability and leveraging technology to enable a culture of Enterprise Excellence. Mike Orzen & Associates (MOA) engages with clients to create the conditions, build awareness and skills, and coach and train the specific behaviors required to drive an environment of Lean IT, DevOps, Agile, continuous improvement and team-based performance.

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